My name is Catherine Stowell. I have worked with ultrasound since 2007, and have been teaching the skill to breeders, farmers, veterinarians and doctors since 2011. I have a Masters degree in Medical Ultrasound, and I run a weekly echocardiography clinic at a local veterinary practice.
I work closely with fellow sonographer Yvette Lovis, whose speciality is pregnancy scanning. I also work part-time at Imperial College as a Research Sonographer, currently focusing on ultrasound education and artificial intelligence.
It is my firm belief that, when looking to master a new skill, you are best learning from a professional. Put simply, why pay hundreds of pounds to learn from somebody who is simply regurgitating course content from having attended someone else’s course just a few months before you, when you can pay the same or less to learn from the experts yourself?
Attending an accredited ultrasound training course
The AUA only accredits training courses written and taught by professional sonographers. We accredit courses in the UK, USA and Canada. To find an AUA-accredited course in your area, please get in touch. Ultrasound cannot be learnt in an hour. It is a specialist skill, and combined ultrasound and microchip courses, ultrasound and fertility courses, or combined ultrasound level one and two courses taught in a single day should be avoided.
If you have already attended an accredited course and would like to sign up for AUA membership in order to have scanning enquiries referred to you, as well as discounts on products and services, please visit our membership page here.
Choosing an ultrasound machine
To be fit for purpose in the UK, USA or Canada, an ultrasound machine must display ultrasonic outputs on screen. For more information on ultrasonic safety and your legal obligation when scanning, refer to the chapter on safety and biohazards in the following book: Ultrasound for Canine Pregnancy Scanning, or get in touch for free help and advice.
If you are unsure whether or not your machine is compliant, please contact us here. Just let us know your scanner make and model, and we’ll get right back to you.
A word of warning
We are well aware of a company offering substandard training and overpriced ultrasound equipment, which does not abide by UK, EU or FDA rules on ultrasound safety. If you have been a victim of this scam, you are encouraged to report this to Trading Standards now.